What is GMO and What are they doing to our food:
Most people have heard of GMO’s – but what is a GMO, what does it mean, why, which foods have GMO’s & how does it impact us?
What is a GMO?
A GMO is a genetically modified organism – mostly seed & crops, but also bacteria & microbes (for medicine) & animals.
What does it mean?
This means that scientists have genetically altered the molecular structure of various seed & crops, utilising genetic engineering methods.
GMO foods have been modified for several reasons: resistance to pests, poisons, drought or other harsh environmental conditions, increased nutritional value & improved shelf life.
Which foods have GMO’s?
At this stage 70 percent of all processed foods have GMO ingredients. The most common are: soy, corn, cottonseed oil, canola, vegetable oil, dairy products & meat (animals which have eaten GM feed).
How does it impact us?
The fact that most of our processed foods already contain GMO’s makes it extremely difficult for accurate studies to be done on their health risks. However in 2009 a series of 90 day studies on mammals & GMO’s revealed alarming results. Animals fed with GM corn or soy developed liver & kidney problems. A further two year study revealed further shocking statistics; rats fed with GM corn developed tumours 2-3 times more than rats fed non-GM corn. The shocking truth is that GM crops are treated with glyphosate, a herbicide which has been associated with DNA damage in humans & has been proven toxic to human liver cells. (Cancer originates in the human body from mutation of DNA strands.)
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The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has further proof that GMO’s make us ill – Several animal studies have indicated that there are serious health risks (not only cancer) linked to GM foods:
- Liver, Heart, Kidney & Spleen Dysfunction
- Lung damage
- Reduced Immune Function
- Damaged Insulin Regulation
- Higher Rate of Mortality
- Vitamin Deficiency
- Premature Ageing
Avoid non-organic products containing:
- Sugar cane
- High fructose corn syrup
- Soy protein
- Soy lecithin
Most cancer diets will advise you to eat non GM foods.
Fact 1: GM foods do alter human DNA
Fact 2: Cancer originates in the human body from mutated DNA strands
Best advice – stay clear of Genetically Modified foods. Know your foods and where they come from & check labels on products carefully.